For the second year in a row, Arlington-based Colligan Golf Design has been named one of the finalists in the 2010 Golf Inc. Renovation of the Year competition for its work on the River Crest Country Club in Fort Worth, which will celebrate its 100th anniversary next year.
The winner in the under $1.5 million category was the Kings River Golf & Country Club in Kingsburg, CA. The Vesper Country Club in Tyngsboro, MA. Was the runnerup. Other finalists were the Firestone Country Club South Course in Akron, OH and the Rolling Green Golf Club in Springfield, PA.
Jeff Brauer of GolfScapes, John Harbottle of John Harbottle Design and Doc Belitz of OB Sports were the judges.
John Colligan and associate Trey Kemp were honored the previous year for their work on restoring some of A.W. Tillinghast’s design principles back into the historic Brackenridge Park Golf Course in San Antonio.
Getting the call from River Crest to breathe new life into the 1911 Tom Bendelow design, Colligan concentrated on a major bunker renovation, eliminating some and adding others. “The bunkers now relate better to today’s technology advances,” he said.
Colligan indicated a few new tees were added, noting that the par 70 course, with three par 5s and five par 3s, now can be stretched to just over 6,400 yards, short by today’s standards.
“We also did some work on the fairways to eliminate some of the former blind approach shot,” Colligan added.
“The renovated River Crest stood up well to a test in a qualifying for the Texas Amateur as no player was able to better par.”